Fresh wood chips covered the flower beds that lined the driveway, the corrals were all raked clean of manure, each horse had his or her story posted at the gate of each corral, the grounds were immaculate, people were setting up the various stations: a raffle, used tack for sale, new tack for sale and the Chuck-wagon chili . . . all to showcase the activity that goes on at Equine Alliance Youth Foundation during their Open House on August 16, 2014.
Let’s Take a Picture Tour of the Day . . .
Lori Harmon, Executive Director of Equine Alliance Youth Foundation located in Paso Robles, pours her heart and soul into the kids, horses, people and facility. Here she is with a special group taking them on a personal tour of the grounds and meeting the horses and some of the kids during the Open House.
Guests trickled in all day, even in the heat. Lori was always on hand to give personal tours.
Luv Me Tender Farm brought two of their Mini-Donkeys which are for sale, and talked about their Donkey rescue. The Mini-Donkeys delighted guests with their adorable faces and long ears.
7th Day band played live music with several sets of some covers and original music.
Some of the horses are for sale.
Guests participated in a raffle for horse-related items and shopped for new and used tack.
Meet Some of the Horses and Kids That Need Your Help and Support:
“Jazz” came to the program from a caring owner who could not handle him at home. Jazz needed to learn manners and boundaries. He remains at the Equine Alliance Youth Foundation sponsored by his owner who comes to see him and enjoy him here. Cheyenne has been one of his primary handlers and she has learned about patience and love as she works with Jazz.
“Mr. Slippers” a mini-horse came to the program in a state of neglect. His hooves were so long they matched a man’s foot and he couldn’t walk. He also had a sinus infection that had gone untreated. Mr. Slippers was brought back to health and Kyle enjoys showing him off and taking care of him. Mr. Slippers is very happy to meet new people and kids; especially the small kids who find him very approachable.
“Johnny D” was discovered by a friend who found him in a tiny stall, thin with poor muscle tone and overgrown hooves. He was brought to the ranch and here found his place. He is a very sensitive guy and has helped numerous kids and adults overcome fear and tap into their own strengths. Johnny D has spent most of his life as a service horse and will be retiring soon with his forever family.
If you missed this great day and Open House you can always get your own personal tour and meet the horses for sale by contacting Lori at Equine Alliance Youth Foundation: 805 835 5104. You can make a donation to support the horses and kids here, now.
Photo credits: Sharon Jantzen